Oneness with God

1Kings 7:37: Thus he hath made the ten bases; one casting, one measure, one form, have they all. (LITV)

cereals-100263_1280The theme of oneness is seen throughout the bible. God made man to be one with him in a greater way than the angels are (Genesis 1:26-28). Man had the breath of God within him.

He was designed to actually house God.

That was why Jesus told the disciples that if they obey him, he and the father will come and dwell within them (John 14:23). Paul wrote about the desire of God to walk in us (2Corinthians 6:16).

By being in us God can get to ‘multiply’ himself. But the sin of Adam truncated that. While Adam was called the Son of God (Luke 3:38), no other human was so called before Jesus came on the scene.

God called people his friend, his servant, his people, but no individual was called his son. While God wanted to deal with Pharaoh and Egypt where he leads, he sent a message to him, saying: if you do not let my son go, I will kill your firstborn (Exodus 4:22-23). But that was a nation not a person.

In a prophetic encoding of the Old Testament the God said: from Egypt I called my son (Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:15). That definitely has a double meaning, referring to the past (Israel) and to the future, i.e. to Jesus, whom Matthew declared was the Son called from Egypt. Joseph brought him from there at the death of Herod via the instruction of God through an Angel in a dream. So the term son of God was exclusive.

In the book of Job certain supernatural beings were called sons of God (Job 2:1-2), and in the book of Daniel, we see king Nebuchadnezzar call someone by the name son of God (Daniel 3:25), who appeared in the fiery furnace where he had Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego thrown.

Remember that in the book of Job when the bible says that sons of God appear before God it was added that the devil was among them. And the devil was an angel before his fall. It means it was angels that are described as sons of God. These may be elite angels, who were more reflective of God than other angels but not up the level of humans. The bible said that man was made in the image of God. No such lofty words were used to describe the making of the angels.

But John made a fantastic statement saying that as many as believe in Jesus, to them he gave the power to be called sons of God (John 1:10-17). That is an elevated status in the order of the second Adam. While before the death of Jesus the term son was only for an exclusive people, now the door is wide opened for billions to enter into oneness with God the way God originally wanted it.

The bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), inclusive of all the Old Testament greats, the purest of them, even Enoch and Elijah who did not see death. They have all sinned in Adam and fallen short of the glory of God.

And a mark of sonship is glory. John said that he beheld the glory of Jesus, the glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth. When we fell short of the glory of God we fell short of full sonship but now the glory is restored in Jesus. We now by the Spirit get to behold the glory of Jesus and are transformed to the same image from glory to glory (2Corinthians 3:18).

The quality of the service we offer to God is linked to our level of oneness with him. God declared from heaven: this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17). Jesus said whatever he did was based on what the father does (John 10:30, 32, 37).

So, we are called to take hold of the wisdom and righteousness of Jesus, to be at one with him.

Wisdom

To gain oneness with the wisdom of Jesus, we need to embrace his word. He said that his words is Spirit and life (John 6:63) and that God is Spirit (John 4:24). Therefore the means of syncing with God is his word.  That was what Paul meant when he said that we should be renewed in our mind (Romans 12:1-2), that we will then will be transformed. And when we are transformed we get to move in the best of God, able to appraise the perfect, acceptable will of God.

We need wrong thinking to be squashed. We need the strongholds of wrong thoughts in our lives to be pulled down (2Corinthians 10:1-4). More than being in the right physical shape, we need to be in the right inner shape in our thought patterns (1Timothy 4:8). The bible says that as we are as we think (Proverbs 23:7). Our thinking eventually controls our action and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Righteousness

There is need to be in oneness with the righteousness of Jesus.  The foundation understanding of that reality is that we gain his righteousness is by faith (Philippians 3:9), it is provided by God and is not something we should boast about.

But the important thing is for the righteousness of God within to match the righteousness expressed outside in our lives. It is not enough to confess belief in Christ, there must be fruits which authenticate that belief.

While the fruit is not self-initiated, they still would not be expressed without standing in active faith (expectation). It is the expectation of the farmer for fruit which makes him to take care of a plant, from the time of the seed to the time of the harvest.

That is why the bible says the righteous of Jesus is by faith. There is nothing the farmer can do to change the kind of fruit a particular seed will produce, however he can hinder its blossoming, by inadequate cultivation process.

While the seed in us is that of the righteousness of Jesus, faith, keen expectation that we will express it is needed. When your expectation of yourself rhymes with the God’s, then you are one in that regard.

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